Saturday, May 23, 2020

Open letter para sa mga anti-Duterte na OFW’s: Shame on you

Viral ngayon ang isang open letter para sa mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) na anti-Duterte administration.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo credit: Rappler

Sa open letter ni Chuck Abbas, isa ring OFW, hindi raw niya maintindihan ang mga OFW’s na galit sa administrasyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Aniya, ang kasalukuyang administrasyon lamang ang nagbigay ng pagpapahalaga at importansiya para sa mga OFW’s.

Kwento ni Abbas, bukod sa 10 years validity ng passport na isinabatas, maging ngayon sa panahon ng pandemya ay patuloy ang ginagawang pagtulong ng gobyerno para sa mga OFW’s.



Ipinaliwag ni Abbas ang tulong ng gobyerno para sa mga “distressed” OFW’s na pinauwi sa Pilipinas ng walang ginastos para sa pamasahe at para sa mga hotel na titirhan nila dahil kailangan nilang sumailalim sa 14-day quarantine.

Maging ang kanilang pagkain at transportation pauwi sa kanilang mga probinsya ay sagot din umano ng gobyerno.

Shame on those OFWs who don't see realities; shame on those who don't use their brain to understand that this government is doing everything to solve our problems; and shame on those who are ungrateful, selfish, egocentric, and unmindful. Shame on those who don’t appreciate the good things done to them or to fellow OFWs by this administration.” sabi ni Abbas.

Dagdag pa ni Abbas, alam niyang may mga tiwaling government workers dahil wala naman umanong perpektong gobyerno, pero sana ay magtulungan na lamang at huwag maghilaan pababa at magsisihan.



Narito ang kanyang buong post:

"SHAME ON YOU

By Chuck Abbas

I am extremely sorry for unable to understand why there are OFWs who hate the Duterte administration, a government that is not inutile, a government that gave us a passport with 10 years validity, and a government that is almost moving mountains to help and protect OFWs. None among the past administrations I know that is so concern than this administration.

Just yesterday May 17, 347 distressed OFWs from Saudi were repatriated. This government through the DFA, chartered a PAL flight to bring home OFWs affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. Chartered means, the government paid the airlines and those OFWs took the flight for free. And that was not the first nor the last flight. It was already the 4th flight and more future chartered flights are being arranged by the Philippine Embassy and POLO in Riyadh.

Normally, one passenger pays a minimum of 1,200 Saudi Riyals (16,500 pesos) for a one-way ticket. Multiply that by 347 OFWs who joined that flight, then times 2 (vice-versa), the government spent 11.5 million pesos just for that flight alone.



When they arrived in Manila, they are billeted at the hotel for a 14-day quarantine. Each of them is provided with one room with free wifi and food. So, at an average of 2500 pesos per room times 347 is 867,500 pesos times 14 days = P 12,145,000. I knew, as of this writing, there are already more than 4,000 OFWs in Saudi who applied for repatriation. If all of them will be brought home through chartered flights and be billeted in hotels upon arrival in Manila, the government will spend hundreds of millions of pesos. How about their food, transpo from Manila to their respective places; plus the 20k financial assistance given to each of them? Can you still afford to hate this government? If yes, shame on you.

Shame on those OFWs who don't see realities; shame on those who don't use their brain to understand that this government is doing everything to solve our problems; and shame on those who are ungrateful, selfish, egocentric, and unmindful. Shame on those who don’t appreciate the good things done to them or to fellow OFWs by this administration.

I agree there are incompetent government workers, there are bad eggs in a government organisation and there is no perfect government. So, what we can do as OFWs especially in the midst of a pandemic is to be patient, to be a survivor, and a reasonable citizen. Government is our partner in facing this challenge of COVID-19. As partners, we have to support each other not bring down or blame the other."


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